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CAPE LAVENDER SWAN VALLEY
In July 2009 Cape Lavender was launched in the Swan Valley on Cranleigh Street, off West Swan Road right behind the Chocolate Company.

Visitors can enjoy beautiful views to the Perth Hills whilst feasting on their famous lavender scones, gourmet taste plates or 3 tier high teas,  browse in the stylish gift shop or taste some lavender wine at cellar door.  

The Nightcruisers are always welcome at Cape Lavender and be sure to ask the Nightcruiser Crew for all the details and add the experience to your Nightcruiser Tour Schedule.  

The Cape Lavender Story here..


 
COFFEE BAR
COFFEE BAR
With the object of always providing the personal touch to all produce in the Café/restaurant, the Cape Lavender team have achieved a growing range of lavender related produce including biscuits, fudge, chocolates, cheesecake, ice-cream, honey, tea, olive oil and other delicious cuisine.

They proudly grow their organic vegetables and salad produce, have their own bee hives and each morning freshly bake own bread and world famous lavender scones.

 

CELLAR DOOR

THE CELLAR DOOR
30 acres of vineyards at their Metricup Estate help to produce (to our knowledge) the world’s first range of Lavender Wines and their premium quality Margaret River-style Estate Wines, all available for tasting at cellar door.

 

 

 

 

GIFT SHOP


LAVENDER PRODUCTS AND GIFT SHOP
To ensure their visitors are provided with the best choice of lavender themed gifts they search the world for inspiration. The gift shop is well presented and sits adjacent to their cellar door, providing a welcoming, friendly environment for visitors.

They proudly manufacture all of their totally natural products on site, developed under the guidance of one of Australia’s renowned experts who has nearly 30 years in the pure and natural products industry, manufacturing for companies such as Jurlique, Nutrimetics, Coles-Myer and Australian Geographic.

Their extensive list includes hand and body lotions, bath and shower products, gardeners and sports balms, massage oils, furniture polish, air fresheners etc along with their Aaron men’s range, Noah’s Ark baby range and special dog care products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STAFF REQUIRED
  STAFF REQUIRED
Cape Lavender require Full Time and Casual Staff for their Restaurant, Cellar Door, Gift Store and Kitchen.

If you think you are the right person call Julie on 089755 7552 or email julie@capelavender.com.au
MEET THE STAFF
Swan Valley Manager:                    Natalee Friend
THE CAPE LAVENDER STORY




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Lavender Estate, Metricup,
Margaret River
The Cape Lavender Estate is set in a 75 acre wonderland of colour and fragrance nestled between Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste, in the heart of the Margaret River wine region. The enchanting combination of lavender and vineyard surrounded by natural bushland makes them a welcome break from the traditional wineries of the region and a truly unique tourist attraction.

Now also open in the Swan Valley
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Bev Ainsworth purchased the former grazing property in April 1999 after raising three children and a lengthy and successful corporate career in the banking industry.

At that time it was run down, full of weeds and had a hand painted sign on a chain slung across two posts at the entrance, which said ‘closed’.

Bev, however, fell in love with the property and moved from Perth to set up home there and to establish a small business which her children and eventually her grandchildren could be a part of.

After clearing the land she immediately commenced planting and propagating lavender for oil production, cut and dried flowers, pot pourri and culinary purposes, as well as planting a 30-acre vineyard.

Nearly ten years on, visitors can now enjoy the beautiful lavender gardens, quality award-winning boutique wines, an idyllic multi-gold plate winning vineyard restaurant and an on-site retail outlet selling their range of health and beauty products and edible produce which is all made onsite in their progressive production facilities.  

The location, its views and its potential has proven to be ideal, situated just round the corner from The Chocolate Factory on Carter Road between the main tourist roads of Bussell Highway and Caves Road and just off the main tourist link roads of Metricup and Harmans Mill roads.

They welcome thousands of visitors each year to their property including tour groups and weddings, have outlets across Australia, a mail/internet ordering system, supply grapes to a number of large and reputable wineries and employ up to 20 staff onsite.

Their growing export market includes outlets across Asia where they are one of the major sponsors at a high profile, international wellbeing, food, wine, music and arts festival in Singapore each October.

On the first weekend of November each year they host an annual Lavender Festival which attracts visitors from around the world to see the 90 varieties of lavender in full bloom and enjoy a celebration of good food, great wine, natural health, talks, demonstrations, workshops, art, music, fun for kids  and all things lavender.  

The Gold Plate Winning Café/Restaurant
Proud winner of 6 Gold Plate Awards, the highest award Prix d’Honneur, the Sunday Times Reader’s Award for service excellence and a Customer Service Council individual staff member award also for service excellence.

Visitors can relax and enjoy the ambience and tranquillity of Cape Lavender over morning or afternoon tea, or a superb lunch with a glass of premium Margaret River wine including their own range of Cape Lavender Estate wines and the world’s first range of lavender wines and lavender beer.

With the object of always providing the personal touch to all produce in the Café/restaurant, the Cape Lavender team have achieved a growing range of lavender related produce including biscuits, fudge, chocolates, cheesecake, ice-cream, honey, tea, olive oil and other delicious cuisine.

They proudly grow their organic vegetables and salad produce, have their own bee hives and each morning freshly bake their own bread and world famous lavender scones.

An expanding base of guests now return on a regular basis to enjoy the uniqueness of the food and wine and the personal, warm and friendly service which the restaurant is now renowned for.

The Lavender Product and Produce Gift Shop
To ensure their visitors are provided with the best choice of lavender themed gifts they search the world for inspiration. The gift shop is well presented and sits adjacent to their cellar door, providing a welcoming, friendly environment for visitors.

They proudly manufacture all of their totally natural products on site, developed under the guidance of one of Australia’s renowned experts who has nearly 30 years in the pure and natural products industry, manufacturing for companies such as Jurlique, Nutrimetics, Coles-Myer and Australian Geographic.

Their extensive list includes hand and body lotions, bath and shower products, gardeners and sports balms, massage oils, furniture polish, air fresheners etc along with our Aaron men’s range, Noah’s Ark baby range and special dog care products.

They will soon be launching a unique rejuvenating/
anti-ageing range and expanding their range of household products.

Ongoing expansion includes further development of their international markets and the planned undertaking of contract manufacturing. They will also be opening the distillery and drying sheds to the public to enhance the visitor’s knowledge of the herb and its multifunctional uses. 

The Vineyards and Cellar Door
30 acres of vineyards at their Metricup Estate help to produce (to our knowledge) the world’s first range of Lavender Wines and their premium quality Margaret River-style Estate Wines, all available for tasting at cellar door.

For nearly four years our winemaker experimented with ways in which the unique herbal qualities of our lavender could be integrated into our wines. We were keen to use these herbal qualities because we believed it would enhance the flavour, taste and style of our premium wines in a unique way.  We were also looking for a range of special wines to compliment the food offered in our restaurant.

For each vintage of lavender wine, we need to harvest the lavender as well as the fruit of the grape vine. This entails firstly tending the lavender throughout the year through a well developed management program to ensure the flowers will be of the highest quality. When the flowers are at their peak they are harvested, dried, stripped, sieved and packaged. With the skill of an alchemist our winemaker then brings the grapes and flowers together to produce our unique lavender wines.

After the resounding success of our first vintage we moved on to create a range of lavender wines. We now offer the original Lavender Wine, a Lavender Dessert wine; the now famous Sparkling Lavender Wine (Wendy B), named after the owner Wendy Beverley Ainsworth;  a lavender red and the truly unique White Lavender Port.

Their Metricup cellar door was opened in May 2003 and has developed as planned as the critical link in the ongoing development and marketing of the extensive range of wines for the domestic and international markets. In our first year we achieved above industry bench mark levels of sales and now distribute throughout Australia and overseas.

The Lavender Gardens and Nursery
Approximately 22,000 lavender plants were planted at the Estate in 2003 to provide the raw material for the distillation of 100% pure essential lavender oil for sale to the perfume industry and for use on site for product manufacture.

Cape Lavender now has the largest public display of lavender in Western Australia. Almost 75,000 are mass planted over 5 hectares with a lavender-lovers’ walk designed around our trout-filled lake in a manner which allows visitors to see how the plant grows in a garden situation.

Each variety is individually named in distinct garden beds giving the gardener the opportunity to select the perfect lavender for their garden.

Their next aim is to achieve one of the largest lavender collections in the world, with the objective to host tours for incoming coaches and domestic and international tourist services.

 Membership with the West Australian Nursery and Garden Association further authenticated the nursery and assisted with the design and building of a new propagation nursery to accreditation status from where visitors can purchase their choice of lavender plants.

Due to the beauty of the garden we also host weddings and similar important life celebrations, offering a full catering service.   

Margaret River Concept Store
In May 2008 they opened their first high street concept store in Margaret River town centre which will be the blueprint for further concept stores across Australia and eventually across the globe.

The Current Expansion Programme
Cape Lavender will continue to expand, particularly overseas which will also generate more publicity for our Australian locations.

They currently have high profile outlets in Singapore including Takashimaya Shopping Centre (the internationally renowned departmental store on Orchard Road), an Australian products importer and an online baby range distributor.

They are negotiating with Raffles Hotel to have their lavender wines included on their wine list and are working with St Regis Hotel on a lavender month where the hotel will be themed with Cape Lavender products.

They also sponsor the Singapore Sun Festival which is a very high profile annual celebration of food, wine, well-being, arts and music attracting performers of the calibre of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Robert Redford and Geoffrey Rush.

They are negotiating with distributors in China, Hong Kong and Malaysia with a view to opening Cape Lavender concept stores, the latter being in conjunction with a major Asian television network.

They have also been approached by agents in India, Indonesia and Japan who have expressed an interest in distributing their products and wine. 

Domestically, they intend to expand to the east coast, initially in Cairns and then Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

The original Cape Lavender location in Metricup, Margaret River will continue to operate in its current capacity but production facilities will eventually be increased to meet the extra demand created by expansion and increased mail order and internet sales.

They also aim to put Cape Lavender firmly on the map as a major events venue with the annual Lavender Festival getting bigger and better each year and the inaugural ‘Vibes in the Vine’ international music festival planned for 2010.

Senior Management Team:

Owner & Founder:                          Bev Ainsworth

Group General Manager:                 Julie Lewington

Food and Beverage Manager:          Claude Dupont                    
Logistic Manager                        Pascal Gouionnet

Swan Valley Manager:                   Natalee Friend                                  

 

 



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